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Dying to talk? Co-producing resources with young people to get them talking about bereavement, death and dying

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The Dying to Talk project in Bradford, UK aimed to build resilience in young people around the topic of death, dying and bereavement. Starting conversations early in life could buttress people’s future wellbeing when faced with bereavement and indeed their own mortality. Research indicates that a key feature in young people’s experience of bereavement is ‘powerlessness’ (Ribbens McCarthy, 2007). Drawing on the principles of co-production, young people led the development of the project aimed at encouraging young people to talk about death, using archaeology as a facilitator to those conversations. The partnership between the University of Bradford, the voluntary sector and the young people proved to be a positive and empowering one. It laid the foundations for future collaboration and developed a framework for engaging young people in talking about death, building their resilience for dealing with death and dying in the future – a step towards building a ‘compassionate city’ for young people (Kellehear, 2012).
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Keywords: archaeology; co-production; death; dying and bereavement; resilience; young people

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Arts, Business and Social Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, UK 2: School of Archeological and Forensic Sciences, University of Bradford, UK 3: School of Social Sciences, University of Bradford, UK

Appeared or available online: October 26, 2020

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